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Parts of Canterbury are continuing to be hammered by heavy snow today as the full brunt of the southerly has kicked into gear.

Power outages have been reported from the Huruni District in North Canterbury and also West Melton about 15km west of Christchurch.Unconfirmed reports are coming in of the weight of snow on powerlines causing the power outages.

Christchurch is seeing the snow tumbling down in many areas with reports of 10cm in the central city and up to 15-20cm by the airport.Some eastern suburbs are seeing a mix of rain and snow.

Banks Peninsula is receiving very heavy snow as is parts of inland North Canterbury.

An easing is expected this afternoon across Christchurch and clearing this evening.

Roads are marginal in inland areas with some impassable including the alpine passes.

Christchurch roads are open but drivers are advised to stay off roads unless the trip is necessary.

Temperatures are bitterly cold which is expected given the conditions and it’s been near the freezing mark for most of the morning. There is a chance temperatures could drop futher this afternoon however the overhead situation should slowly improve.

Meantime West Coasters have seen very heavy rain with some flooding in places and also reports of sleet have been coming in.

Further south and Dunedin has had an icy morning as have parts of Southland.

WeatherWatch will bring you the latest information as it comes to hand.



Rachel Jennings on 6/06/2012 5:04am

Hi! Its been snowing continously in Parklands we have 9cm of snow settled. Its still snowing!

kevin on 6/06/2012 2:26am

Gee what a good job it would be to work for the metservice.get it completely wrong and still have a job.
Forecast for palmerston north and manawatu 17 degress scattered rain northerly,instead its 7 degrees raining heavily and strong cold gusty southeasterlies.they finally updated this after 2 hours of this weather.any thoughts Phil how they could get so wrong?

Simon Lewis on 6/06/2012 10:10am

wrong forecast??

Id say it was bang on!

15-20cm of snow on the ground

started snowing as predicted

weather cleared this evening as predicted

we lost power at 1100 due to heavy wet snow and its just come back on

Thanks Phil forecast was spot on – we stayed home this morning and didnt regret it!

kevin on 6/06/2012 10:55pm

might be were u live but here they were 10 degrees out and almost opposite wind direction here,
17 degree high forecast when it was 7 degrees at 12pm northerly wind forecast when it was gusting sse.
i would say simon that is a wrong forecast.

Guest on 6/06/2012 12:14am

8cm in Halswell, Christchurch and rising.

Guest on 6/06/2012 4:38am

7cm in Woodbury geraldine melting

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